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Who is Palmer Johnson Enterprises?

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    In the last year, you may have heard or seen the name of our parent company, Palmer Johnson Enterprises. For over 40 years, it was just Palmer Johnson Power Systems. Palmer Johnson Enterprises has existed in the background, but we didn't use the name publicly or highlight it often. That all changed in 2020 with the acquisition of Hamilton Engine and the creation of Trident Engineered Solutions, creating a family of 3 companies.

    Three Companies, One Family

    All three companies serve the off-highway market with powertrain and engine solutions. Palmer Johnson Power Systems specializes in servicing and supplying components for the heavy-duty, off-highway powertrain markets, including transmissions and axles. They also provide full equipment service and OEM transmission and axle re-manufacturing. Hamilton Engine focuses on industrial engines and packaged power solutions for any application requiring a turning shaft. While Trident Engineered Solutions is a full-service design, engineering, integration, and manufacturing company focused on providing solutions to small to mid-sized OEMs.

    The benefit of having three companies under one parent company is that each specializes in a different aspect of the off-highway market. So, if you need support from more than one company, we work together seamlessly to provide the best solutions possible.

    While employees span three companies, we are still one family. We're a passionate company focused on two core objectives: Making Palmer Johnson Enterprises a genuinely great place to work and providing customers with unmatched, world-class service.


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    While we have only recently begun highlighting Palmer Johnson Enterprises, it is a company with a long history that has evolved for over 100 years. The history of this company goes back to 1918 when Sturgeon Bay Boat Works began. In 1956, Sturgeon Bay Boat Works got renamed Palmer Johnson Yachts. Palmer Johnson Yachts constructed world-class vessels ranging in size from 80' to 195'.

    In 1977, Palmer Johnson Distributors spun off from Palmer Johnson Yachts to diversify the business, initially distributing just Twin Disc products. 1977 also marks the time we became a family-owned business. For the past 40+ years, Palmer Johnson Enterprises has been the parent company to only Palmer Johnson Power Systems.

    Supporting Our Teams

    With Hamilton and Trident's addition, we wanted to centralize our support services, which means that our support departments went from solely supporting Palmer Johnson Power Systems to supporting the entire family of companies. Our support departments include our Accounting, HR, Marketing, IT, and Warehouse teams based at our headquarters in Sun Prairie, WI.

    Starting in 2021, all support services will be moving to Palmer Johnson Enterprise employees. We are formalizing our own support organization for the use of all three companies. This really doesn't change what we have been doing the last year, though. Our support teams have spent 2020 learning and growing with Trident and Hamilton's addition, and that doesn't stop now.

    The New Logo


    Now that we have begun highlighting Palmer Johnson Enterprises more, we needed a new logo to represent us. When designing this new logo, we went old school, incorporating the original crossed flags icon formerly used by Palmer Johnson Yachts. The left flag represents "P" and the right flag represents "J" in the nautical world. You can also see these flags in the PJPS logo; both flags live within our icon.

    What This Means for Our Customers

    One of our core values is "We Care About Our Customers," which still rings true. We see everything we do through our customers' eyes and go above and beyond. We only work on things that create value for our customers, communicating openly, honestly, and often along the way.

    The addition of Hamilton Engine and the creation of Trident Engineered Solutions were done with our customers in mind. Our primary focus is to provide the best solution for our customers and become a one-stop-shop. We are always striving for excellence, and that doesn't stop now.

    2020 was not the year we had imagined in January, but we're plowing through and can see the light on the other side. Through the worst of it, we stayed true to who we are as a company, putting our people first and staying focused on what we do best - taking care of our customers. Thank you for your continued support, and cheers to 2021!

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